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Chico cyber-bullying case getting attention online

Chico, Calif.--A pleasant valley high school senior is being bullied over the photo-sharing app, Instagram. On Thursday many of those messages were getting a lot of attention online after a friend of the victim posted some of the screenshots for others to see.

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 6:29 PM

Chico, Calif.--A pleasant valley high school senior is being bullied over the photo-sharing app, Instagram.

On Thursday many of those messages were getting a lot of attention online after a friend of the victim posted some of the screenshots for others to see.

Kaitlin Danielson is 23-years-old but she remembers all too well what high school was like. That's why when she heard that one of her friends, a senior at the school was being cyber bullied, she took to the internet.

"I just wanted to orchestrate something that was more focused on her being able to see a support system," she said.

The messages used inappropriate language to make fun of the victim's physical appearance.

Many students were shocked by some of the messages.

"I couldn't imagine receiving this or if I was a parent like seeing that, if I had to guess my daughter receiving this, so I just think that you're a terrible human being. I think that there's a lot of benefits to the internet and social media, but obviously some things like this come with it but it's important to deal with it,” said John Komas and Sam Gibson, seniors at the high school.

The school said they are dealing with it. The school principal told Action News Now that multiple staff members are working on it after learning about it on Monday.

"Situations like this I have two daughters, and as a dad, if this were happening to my daughter I'd be all over this and I think that helps me in this position because I want to protect these kids as much as we can," he said.

These messages were sent from a fake account, which makes it tougher for administrators but Danielson said the victim might have an idea of who is sending these messages.

"She did say that she went through the halls, and you know people made and I quote this, piggy noises as she walked by," Danielson said.

Shepherd said he wants students to know that bullying of all forms will face consequences, with the first step being mediation, and if that doesn't work, he said "we'll move on to more severe consequences, suspension, sometimes expulsion. If we need to get Chico Police Department involved in that, we definitely will. Those are all options for us."

While Danielson said the victim is overwhelmed with all the support she's received online, she has a simple message to the bullies.

"You need to be kind to people. You need to take these matters seriously. Telling someone to kill themselves is beyond appalling, it's disgusting, it's serious and it's dangerous because people listen to that. And they need to know that that it's time to be done," Danielson said.

Shepherd also re-iterated the importance of parents being aware of their kids' social media activity because students are more likely to be mindful of their behavior online when they know parents are checking it.

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